By Chris Hulsart
THE York College Spartans narrowly defeated the Stevenson Mustangs 12-8 at Kinsley Field on Wednesday in a nail-biting lacrosse contest.
The Spartans only trailed for a few minutes after the opening goal by the Mustangs, but Stevenson kept it close, tying the game on multiple occasions. Ben Mayer and Dylan Wolf both notched hat tricks, six different York players scored goals, and the Spartans stellar defense in the fourth quarter burned out any hopes of a Stevenson comeback.
“All the guys get credit for this win. It was a complete team effort” Mayer said.
With it being a rivalry game, the game was chippy from the start with both teams receiving multiple penalty calls throughout the game.
This was perhaps the Spartans’ toughest battle during their current 13-game win streak, which ties a program record that was set in 2018. For the Mustangs (11-5, 6-1 MACC), it marks the end of a 68-game regular season win streak within the MAC Commonwealth that began in 2012.
The Spartans (15-2, 8-0 MACC) have now clinched home-field advantage for the conference tournament, their next test, against a foe yet to be announced.
Per the website, York College also celebrated numerous individual milestones. Senior goalie Jack Michael became the all-time wins leader in program history with his 54th career win, graduate student Ryan Kennedy set the single-season caused turnover record with 46 and Wolf recorded his 100th career goal.
Midfielder Justin Hartz noted the importance of winning Wednesday. “To get this big win and now knowing we get to play in front of the fans is a huge momentum boost for us,” he said.
Chris Hulsart is a freshman and a Sport Media major.
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